After a lifelong political fight with the Left Front, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has borrowed a phrase from Karl Marx to attack the Centre-ruling BJP. She declared that “You (the BJP) cannot drug people with the opium of religion.”
Mamata Banerjee has ended the 35-years-long Left Front rule in the state. Her speech in Kolkata to students has also concluded with a challenge and a mock – “Ravan Worshipper” – for the opposition party that has pursued for long to build a Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya.
On Wednesday, CM Banerjee was quoted saying to the students’ rally in the state that “the Karnataka Government fell. No one could say a word. The central government is either threatening opposition leaders or buying them out with money. It is after Bengal now, as we are opposing its policies and divisive politics. But Bengal is not so cheap. In Bengal we fight… The central government can put me behind bars, but I will not bow down before the BJP.”
She continued that West Bengal is the single state that celebrates all religions, adding that “we observe Durga puja, Kali puja…What do you do? You worship Ravana (the demon king in Ramayana defeated by Lord Ram).”
Mamata Banerjee had been frequently accused BJP of politicising “Jai Shri Ram” slogan. Explains that the allegations, the West Bengal Chief Minister has said that the BJP is “terrorising the police, IPS officers are losing jobs, the people in distress”. The vital institutions of the nation are being headed by retired bureaucrats, who are working as “yes man” of the government, added CM Banrejee.
She has asked the students of the Presidency College to screen “Ram Ke Naam” – the controversial award winning documentary by Anand Patwardhan on the right-wing group Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s campaign for the construction of a Ram Temple at Ayodhya.
CM Banerjee further talked about Kashmir, accused the Centre of “using brute force to scuffle all voices of dissent in the Valley.”
“We will stand by Kashmir,” Mamata Banerjee said – her second such declaration since the central government’s move to end ‘special status’ to Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state into two seperate Union Territories.
She continued that the nation in heading towards a “Presidential form of Government,” adding that “I am predicting one election, one party rule soon.”